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24: 10:00PM - 11:00PM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 24th 2009 7:30AM

Bob Gunton
(S07E15) "Because we're fugitives Tony! No one's gonna believe us!" - Jack

Maybe I'm just far too optimistic, but I'd like to think that if Lockheed Martin (or some other major defense contractor) started making a bio-weapon with plans to release it in say, rural Tennessee, we'd know about. Well, not you and me, but someone up high. That's been my biggest gripe with this season and I've mentioned it before - even in the world of 24, far too much is happening that shouldn't be happening. I'm starting to think that maybe next season, Day 8, 24's clock should be punched for good.

With the complaining out of the way, that was one helluva of an hour - one of the best of this season. It went overboard a few times (Carl, the "please don't kill me, I have a pregnant wife" Port Authority cop and Olivia "Sherry Palmer" Taylor both come to mind), but the action sequence at the port made up for every other fault. Any other fans of The Wire get all nostalgic when we saw all those shipping containers?

We finally got to see Jack and Tony team up again (we haven't since early on in the day). Both of them were wired (Jack on pure adrenaline; Tony on whatever wussy espresso drink he was finishing at that cafe at the end of last week's ep) and the entire gun fight was just really well choreographed. Kudos to Jon Cassar's directorial eye on that whole scene - he'll be missed during Day 8.

Lots of big questions to address though, so let's get to 'em:

  • Is Ethan really gone for good? I'm guessing no. Yes he resigned, but remember, he made a point of telling the President that he'd have a letter on her desk first thing in the morning. That's still about 5 or 6 hours away and there are 9 hours left in the season. I doubt his involvement is over.
  • Could Olivia be any stupider? No. Definitely not. When is she going to realize that even with Ethan resigning and taking the fall, leaking all this info to the press is still going to be detrimental to her mother? Idiot! Like I mentioned earlier, it's fine that she's morphing into Sherry Palmer Jr., but I always felt like Sherry knew what she was doing and understood the stakes. I don't think Olivia does.
  • Just what the hell did Jack inhale? And more importantly, why did he inhale? He knew he was hauling a bio-weapon, yet when he heard the distinct sound of gas hissing and saw the hole, he shoved his head in the hole?!? Jack is smarter that that. At least he held his breath when he went inside to disable the leak. That being said, I'm not entirely convinced he actually inhaled the virus (or whatever it is). It looked more to me like that leaky tank was maybe nitrogen, or something similar, being used to cool the rest of the bio-weapon unit.

Now that the weapon is back in Starkwood's hands, it'll be interesting to see if they're finally able to set it off. I'm assuming this is going to end up being fairly similar to the hotel fiasco in season three. And speaking of season three - possible spoiler alert - anyone else catch the preview for next week's episode? Unless my eyes deceived me, it looked like Christina Chang was reprising her S3 role as Dr. Sunny Macer. At least Jack will have her in his corner. Although Larry seems to be on Jack's side again too... which means he flip-flopped. Again. Don't get started on that.

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J.

I was hoping they wouldn't kill off Trip in a fox series twice in one season. He didn't fare so well in the Terminator:TSCC.

March 24 2009 at 11:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
antonio69

Another great episode and they go...

In these moments 24 hours does not have competition in the current television.
It is the most brilliant series of action of the History and the end dependera exclusively of the plans of his creators, because, actually, it can last other seven seasons

Greetings from Spain, Europe. I love USA

March 24 2009 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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JustABill

24 is the BEST show on TV. This season has been remarkable.

By the way, season 8 is set about 6 weeks after the end of season 7.

March 27 2009 at 5:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
antonio69

Another great episode and they go...
In these moments 24 hours does not have competition in the current television.
It is the most brilliant series of action of the History and the end dependera exclusively of the plans of his creators, because, actually, it can last other seven seasons.

Greetings from Spain, Europe.- (I love USA)

March 24 2009 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robin

Oooh I hadn't thought of that--continuing on to the next day??!! Brilliant!! I'd be all about it!

March 24 2009 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JoeBrooks

I have a suspicious feeling that Jon Voight's character and this plot doesn't end this season. Could they be setting up season 8 as "the next day?" something they haven't done yet.

March 24 2009 at 12:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
C C

Good action last night. I've been impressed with the episodes Alex Gansa has written this season. Gansa was producer Howard Gordon's former writing partner on Beauty and the Beast and X-Files. And if I'm not mistaken, I believe I saw a hidden allusion to X-Files. The letters CSM were on one of the conatiners in the shipyard-Cigarette Smoking Man?

I also saw the number 34 on another container. Hmmm...

March 24 2009 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bdauven

Good action in last night's episode. I've been impressed with the episodes Alex Gansa has written this season. Gansa was Howard Gordon's former writing partner on Beauty and the Beast and the first season of X-Files. And if I'm not mistaken, I believe I saw an allusion to X-Files:the letters CSM were on one of the containers in the shipyard-Cigarette Smoking Man?

I also saw the number 34 on another one of the containers. Hmmmm....

March 24 2009 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nathanael

This was another excellent season 7 ep. (and yes, it does seem to be getting old saying that... but it's still true!)

The gunfight and just about everything in the second half was totally awesome. We finally got to see some more of Jon Voight, too, and I thought he played his character brilliantly.

I'm thinking that Jack is *probably* not infected with the bio-agent, but I could see it going either way. It actually wouldn't surprise me too much if Jack died at the end of this season, or came very close to it. (think the season 2 cliffhanger ending with David Palmer apparently dying)
Speaking of further seasons, I used to think that there was absolutely no way 24 could ever continue without Jack. Now I'm starting to think a little differently. Sure, the show is 100% Bauer at the core, but I honestly wouldn't mind a Jack-less season 8 or 9... IF it was Renee Walker in the lead. She's the only person in 24 history that I thought could match Bauer as a lead character.

March 24 2009 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edward

John Billingsly and Conner Trinneer were wasted talent this season. Should we expect to see Dominic Keating and Jolene Blalock next? How about Samuel Beckett suddenly jumping in a middle of a scene to help Jack defeat Starkwood?

Maybe Brannon Braga can be of some use...

March 24 2009 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elisabeth

Was I the only one that was so bored through this whole episode? How is a gunfight interesting?

24 used to be about gut-wrenching suspense through dialog and story. Now it's just a shoot-them-and-count-the-bodies, like everything else on TV.

I don't know if I will get through this season, simply because I do not care. How sad is that? Compare to Season 1 when I couldn't tear my eyes from the TV and was actually so wired I couldn't sleep!

24...it's done.

March 24 2009 at 10:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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